Style blogger Jane Day visited our Lincoln Antiques & Home Show, here she tells us how she focused on the small details of the treasures she found
So it arrived, the first antique salvage hunt of the season. An early rise and a two hour car journey to Lincoln to peruse the wonder that is Arthur Swallow's Antiques & Home Show, one of the largest UK events of its kind. A bit daunting you may think if it's your first time there - stalls as far as the eye can see, punctuated with huge articulated lorries that have travelled from far and wide, all full to the brim with masses of stock; from industrial lighting to scaffolding planks and everything else in-between.
Sadly the weather gods weren't on our side, it was a bit grey and wet but that didn't dampen the spirits. The show is big and there is a lot to take in and there are so many amazing sights, so it's good to go micro and really look at what’s right in front of you. I focused on close-up detail when taking pictures, as this works better in not such good weather conditions.
The textures, colours and different media; from metals to wood, to glass to the utterly bonkers, you name it you can find it here. It is a superb show if you are home renovating, there is everything you could possibly want or need to give your home a quirky and individual look. Just having a little imagination goes a long way and the sellers are always there to help.
Some of the smaller items that caught my eye were an array of beautiful Indian antiques, the hand-carved printing blocks displayed in large marble bowls were wonderful. Also the diverse collection of original paint rollers from Romania, the inspiration behind the new trend of updating walls and fabrics using the modern equivalent.
Did I come home with any purchases? Of course I did! I can't resist, I’m just like a child in a sweet shop. Another beautiful linen sheet was acquired from the lovely Gaille Skinner, a trader from France who always stands at the show. Her stand is sublime and finding out from Gaille about the history of the linen I bought was fascinating. I have a kitchen decorating project starting in a few weeks and my purchase will make the perfect Roman blind, the defused light it will create will be magnificent.
I also bought a very large wooden board from a Dutch trader to add to my collection, it is amazing that I only bought one as the choice was phenomenal. The Dutch contingent never fail to have the best wooden goods. I came away with another peg rail too. It is now painted to match another one in my spare room, so I have symmetry and a place to hang the vintage deck chair awaiting summer. The large board on the other hand will be a multi functioning piece, from using it on the kitchen table when having a feast to using it as a board over the bath when having a leisurely soak - it fits perfectly and holds everything you could possibly need whilst relaxing.
The last item purchased was a flax comb (seen with me above). Why, I hear you ask. Well, I have no idea, I just like them. I’ve been on the hunt for a good one for a while and the Eastern European sellers didn't let me down. What I shall do with it now is still in the air, they do look wonderful as a piece of wall art so, maybe.
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Visit the next Antiques & Home Show at Lincoln, October 10th - 11th.
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